The voice of women's football talks about the Wanderers Westfield W-League season.
With Friday's kick-off signalling the last home game of the season for the Wander Women, finals football might be out of reach but the side is guaranteed to show the fighting spirit that has been a hallmark of the team in this tenth season of the Westfield W-League.
With the second tightest defence in the league (bettered only by ladder leaders Brisbane Roar) the Red & Black were able to contain sides so effectively that most results were decided by a single goal and the blowouts of seasons past were consigned to history.
A commendable achievement, when you consider that Rich Byrne had an almost completely refreshed squad with only five members of the previous side in this 2017/18 edition.
The leadership of Ellie Brush who joined from Canberra to bolster the Wanderers backline is complemented by the skill and flair of the international signings.
The experience of Dutch duo Maruschka Waldus and Marlous Pieëte as well as American Lo’eau LaBonta and 2017 Israeli Female Footballer of the Year, Lee Falkon, has been integral in the development of the youngsters in a group which contains four Westfield W-League rookies and eleven players aged 23 or younger.
The young Matildas representatives have continued to shine and promise great things for the coming years.
Off the field, the club’s investment in women’s football has been further strengthened with the introduction of the W-League Mentoring Program and its focus on helping the players plan for future success on and off the field and the management of work/life balance. So popular was the concept, that three times the required number of mentors applied for positions to work with this team.
Support in the stands has grown too and this third double header on Friday is evidence of the club’s strong commitment to have the Westfield W-League on the same platform as the Hyundai A-League.
These women deserve your support – get behind them on Friday and help them finish off the season strong!